The results are in for The Caterer ’s 30 Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2018, celebrating employers who put people at the core of the business and in the process deliver an enviable product. All that is left now is to decide which of the top six will […]
GG Hospitality appoints new chief executive to lead Hotel Football roll-out
GG Hospitality, the hotel and restaurant firm backed by former Manchester United footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, has appointed Winston J Zahra as its new chief executive. Zahra will head up a newly formed executive team as the business gears up to roll out the Hotel Football brand in the UK and internationally.
Zahra has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and is the former co-owner and chief executive of Malta-based Island Hotels Group Holdings.
Fred Sirieix-fronted TV show Million Pound Menu set to air next month
Aspiring restaurateurs will battle it out for a “life-altering investment” when the BBC’s latest slice of reality TV, Million Pound Menu, goes on air next month. Fronted by Fred Sirieix, general manager of Galvin at Windows in London and maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, Million Pound Menu is like Dragons’ Den for the hospitality industry.
Each week, two different sets of would-be patrons battle it out to secure investment in their dining concept. Each team gets time in an existing restaurant space to demonstrate their vision, business acumen and food and management expertise to a set of potential investors. On the final day of service, the restaurant operators will find out if their food and business plans have been strong enough to secure “a momentous, life-altering investment”.
Some of the industry’s most influential figures and funders will ultimately decide who is deserving of their career-defining investments, the BBC stated, but details of the line-up of judges, investors and chefs are still under wraps.
Boston Tea Party becomes first coffee chain to ban use of disposable cups
It is believed to be the first coffee chain in the UK to do so. The business, which has 21 branches across England, will only serve hot drinks in reusable cups. Customers will be required to either bring their own cup, buy one instore (the chain is working in partnership with Ecoffee and will be selling its cups at a subsidised rate), or get a ‘loan cup’, which can be returned to any Boston Tea Party café.
“We’ll make it as easy as possible for you to carry on getting your usual takeaway coffee,” says managing director Sam Roberts, “but the onus is on all of us to change our habits and make a difference for our planet.”
The company had initially been trialling a scheme in which customers bringing their own cup were offered a 25p discount. The take up of the offer, however, was only around 3%, which is why the new measures are being introduced.
Carla Conquers Her Mountain by Achieving Langley Castle Dream
Boutique and fairy-tale Langley Castle Hotel in Langley-on-Tyne has a new general manager who is on a mission to ensure castle stays and castle weddings top the agenda of British and international travellers and engaged couples.
The new general manager now at the helm of the luxurious four-star hotel is no stranger to its amazing interiors and seven-foot thick castle walls, having worked at Langley for over 25 years. Carla Robinson took her first steps as a Langley employee back in 1988 when, at the age of 13, she started work as a waitress, working in the same place as her mother, Elaine, then the receptionist.
Now, Carla has achieved her lifelong dream of managing Langley Castle, with her first key event being its April 29 wedding fair. Carla has put her stamp on that, with the launch a new wedding brochure and new wedding options, as well as putting on a different wedding fair experience.
Clare Smyth named World’s Best Female chef 2018
The award is voted for by more than 1,000 industry experts from 26 regions of the world and seeks to highlight excellence among female chefs. Smyth, who is chef patron at Core in Notting Hill, told the World’s 50 Best Restaurants she wanted to use her platform to support other women in the sector.
“We still have a real lack of women recognised at the top of the industry and we have to do something about that – we’re not going to change it by ignoring it,” says Smyth.
“Sometimes you have to go over the top by recognising women and giving them a platform so that we can really start to change things and recorrect the balance. There are lots of young women coming through in top kitchens across the globe and for me this award is for them.”
Smyth grew up on a farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and left at the age of 16 to pursue a culinary career.